Impacts of business-as-usual management on ecosystem services in European mountain ranges under climate change

Impact de la gestion sur les services écosystémiques des forêts de montagne européennes soumises au changement climatique

Bugmann, H. ; Cordonnier, T. ; Truhetz, H. ; Lexer, M.J.

Type de document
Article de revue scientifique à comité de lecture
Langue
Anglais
Affiliation de l'auteur
ETH ZURICH CHE ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR EMGR FRA ; UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ AUT ; BOKU UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND LIFE SCIENCE VIENNA AUT
Année
2017
Résumé / Abstract
Mountain forests provide a multitude of services beyond timber production. In a large European project (ARANGE—Advanced multifunctional forest management in European mountain RANGEs), the impacts of climate change and forest management on ecosystem services (ES) were assessed. Here, we provide background information about the concept that was underlying the ARANGE project, and its main objectives, research questions, and methodological approaches are presented. The project focused on synergies and trade-offs among four key ES that are relevant in European mountain ranges: timber production, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation, and protection from gravitational natural hazards. We introduce the concept and selection of case study areas (CSAs) that were used in the project; we describe the concept of representative stand types thatwere developed to provide a harmonized representation of forest stands and forest management in the CSAs; we explain and discuss the climate data and climate change scenarios that were applied across the seven CSAs; and we introduce the linker functions that were developed to relate stand- and landscape-scale forest features from model simulations to ES provisioning in mountain forests. Finally, we provide a brief overview of the Special Feature, with an attempt to synthesize emerging response patterns across the CSAs.
Source
Regional Environmental Change, vol. 17, num. 1, p. 3 - 16

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